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Common Personal Stressors and What to Do About Them

Recovery from an alcohol or drug addiction can be rough. However, the life changes that happen when in recovery are amazing. Those far outweigh the work that recovery takes. Today you are going to learn about some of the common personal stressors recovering alcoholics and addicts have. These stressors could take place right after getting home from alcohol or drug rehab or years down the road. Making sure you know what to do when you experience these personal stressors can…...
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Passing Knowledge Onto Others in Recovery

In Chapter 7 of the Big Book, it reads "It is important for him to realize that your attempt to pass this on to him plays a vital part in your own recovery. Actually, he may be helping you more than you are helping him. Make it plain he is under no obligation to you, that you hope only that he will try to help other alcoholics when he escapes his own difficulties." When you finish your alcohol or drug…...
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Troubles in Paradise: What to Do When Sobriety Isn’t Enough?

When you are in recovery from a drug or alcohol addiction, there are going to be time when you aren't working as hard on your recovery as you maybe should be. You may think that sobriety is enough to get you through. The problem is that recovery is much more than just staying sober. You can't rely on sobriety to keep pushing you through. Yes, there are times when sobriety will be enough. However, in reality, you need more than…...
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Is an Intensive Outpatient Treatment Program Best for You?

When you are making your journey into recovery, there are many different paths you can take. One of those might be to start with an intensive outpatient treatment program. This is a bit different than an inpatient program and an outpatient program. There are also many benefits to following down this path of recovery. When you are thinking about attending an alcohol or drug rehab, there may be a lot on your mind. You may have family or job responsibilities…...
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Tips on Holding a Proper Intervention

Do you know of someone who is struggling with an addiction? Do they abuse illegal drugs, prescription drugs, or alcohol? An addiction is not just hard on the alcoholic or addict. It is difficult for the people around the alcoholic or addict as well. If you are wanting to help the alcoholic or addict in your life, you can hold an intervention. However, before doing so, there are some tips for holding a proper intervention that you should know about.…...
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The Ways of an Alcohol Addiction

According to Chapter 7 of the Big Book, it talks about being baffled by learning that you have an addiction, the mental twists associated with drinking again, and more. Does all of this sound familiar to you? If so, you probably have an alcohol addiction or you know someone who does. There is a lot to an alcohol addiction and the ways may change from one person to the next. However, with that being said, there are some consistencies from…...
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Tips on Helping Your Addicted Friend

When you have a friend, you should be there for them as much as you can. They should be there for you as well. However, what happens when you have an addicted friend. They are caught up in using drugs or alcohol. You are left to clean up their messes, worry about them, and be confused as to what you can do. This doesn't have to be the case. The first thing you should know is that enabling won't get…...
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Should You Press an Alcoholic to Recover?

There are many ways in which you can help an alcoholic to recover. However, many people think you can force an alcoholic to overcome their addiction. This is not true. One question that is commonly asked is whether you can press an alcoholic to recover. For the most part, the answer is no. Doing so, may ruin the chance to help them when they are truly ready. However, just because you shouldn't press them, doesn't mean you shouldn't do what…...
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Life Takes On a New Meaning in Recovery

According to Chapter 7 of the Big Book, "Life will take on a new meaning. To watch people recover, to see them help others, to watch loneliness vanish, to see a fellowship grow up about you, to have a host of friends -- this is an experience you must not miss..." Read this again. Aren't these all amazing things you can bring into your life? Doesn't this sound so much better than what you had during your addictive lifestyle? If…...
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What Do You Need for Relapse Prevention Planning?

Relapse prevention is one of the biggest parts of a recovering lifestyle. As you begin your stay in an alcohol or drug rehab center, there are many things you learn. You learn how to get clean and sober. This is just the beginning, though. You also learn how to manage your recovering lifestyle. Part of doing that is preventing a relapse. There are many things you should know about relapse prevention planning. There are lists you can make, things you…...
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